Sunday, September 7, 2008

"I want Daddy"

This morning, Tim was emptying the dishwasher and I was on the computer totally glued to a blog about Jon and Kate, Plus 8 (behind-the-scenes drama about the show that I simply could not tear myself away from reading, definitely a he-said, she-said situation). Cole had to use the potty so Tim got him set up in the bathroom and went back to emptying the dishwasher. I read him some of the gossip about the show. Just as he was doing the math outloud, trying to add up how much money and freebies Jon and Kate get doing the show, we heard Cole yell from the bathroom....

"Daddy, I'm done pooping....."

Tim said "okay, wait a minute....let me finish emptying the dishwasher real quick".

And we went back to discussing the show again and I was saying how I'd love to have an organic chef who cooked all our meals, a cleaning service and someone to run errands for me and we heard again, from the bathroom....

"Daddy, I said, I'm done pooping...."

I said to Tim, "do you want me to go help him?" and Tim responded, "yeah, if you want to". Do I WANT to? What kind of question is that? So I said, "sure, I'd love to wipe my son's butt. What a great opportunity for me. It's not like I get to wipe his butt during the week as much as I'd like to so thank you for letting me do it". I think I left him wondering if I was being sarcastic or just trying to be funny.

I set one foot in to the bathroom and....BAM....the smell hit me, as I saw Cole still sitting on the toilet waiting patiently. And just as I was about to say, "Wow, Cole....what on earth did you eat...did something die inside of you", he took one look at me and screamed, "I want Daddy".

My feelings used to get so hurt when any of the kids would prefer Tim over me. There have even been times I've cried to Tim, "the kids love you more than me". But then he quickly comforts me by saying that he's not with them as often as I am so of course they want more time with him than me when he is at home. Sounds logical enough.

I walked immediately out of the bathroom and into the kitchen, smiled, and said "your son would like YOU to wipe his butt". Good thing I'm not as sensitive as I used to be. This was definitely not a situation I was gonna cry over!

14 comments:

Tammy Warren said...

What a great moment not to be sensitive. I remember at first, I did get my feelings a little hurt. Now, I yearn for my children to call out any name besides mine. Except for bedtime. That is all mine.

Amy @ Thoughts from the Mrs. said...

Good for you. LOL.
I'll have to keep this in mind when my son begins to tell me that he would rather have someone else tend to his needs.

Cynthia said...

Those are definitely the moments were you want them to want Daddy - haha!

Also, "if you want to..." what's THAT all about?! My husband does that all the time! It's not that I "want" to, it's that the child has been waiting somewhat patiently and needs to be attended to, um, now! Men do not have the same sense of urgency, do they?

:-)

Elizabeth Channel said...

Lucky husband! Ha!

He's lucky the child didn't try to wipe himself, get down without wiping, use too much toilet paper and stop up the potty.

Around here, we run speedy-quick with that kind of request because we have lived through the alternatives!

LJ Charleston said...

My mother wisely told me that kids usually look at their dad for the fun things and their mom for the hard work, ie cooking, bathing, bottom wiping etc...either way, mothers can't really win!

Christine said...

Oh My I am laughing so hard!! Thanks I needed that today.

Christine said...

Oh My I am laughing so hard!! Thanks I needed that today.

ParentingPink said...

Actually, I think it's a great thing that he wanted his daddy to handle the yucky poops! He can save you for the truly important stuff like holding his hand across the street or wiping up after after he's spilled his milk all over the place! LOL. Great story!

Tabbatha Rose said...

OMGosh I got such a giggle from this!! I loved it! I already informed my DH you will be handling the potty every waking moment you are home.

Mary said...

Too funny! It's good that daddy gets to "share" in the such joys of parenthood. Thank you for talking to me today, Helene. It was great!

Nina said...

How cute! Isn't it great when they want their dad for those fine moments. I love when that happens.
My sitter and I were talking about the Jon & Kate thing. Here I thought she was this amazing mom. I could do amazing things also with all that help and free stuff.

Stephanie said...

LOL That is just great. My kids are both calling my name, well just the 3 year old, the baby just follows me around everywhere. But when the want daddy I am glad to hand them over. Especially if its in the bathroom.

Tess said...

Sometimes life gives us sweet(and smelly)revenge! My husband leaves most of the dirty work for me so I throw him an occasional trip to the doctor for the kid's shots or to the store for maxi pads just to keep it a little even!

Jenn said...

I think I would feel the same way. And by the way, I want to know what Jon&Kate blog you were reading.

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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